Planners say Filmore Thomas Park in Macon will tie nature with recreation

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – After what some are calling 40 years, Macon-Bibb leaders are moving forward with plans to create a new park in the Bellevue neighborhood. 

It’s the start of something new, at least that’s how Alfreda Lockett looks at the future home of Filmore Thomas Park. 

"I’m just over joyed and the community is too," Lockett said. 

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She and commissioner Al Tillman say putting a park in the area is long overdue. 

"I think we need to show the people that we’re sincere and ready to move on it," Lockett said. 

Architects say they have plans like putting a basketball court and other amenities. It’s about 22-acres and It’ll cost around $1.5 million to get the project completed. It’s all being paid for using penny sales tax funds.

"We’re going to bid it. We might break out some of the pieces to try and get the prices very tight," Wimberly Treadwell, the landscape architect for the park, said. 

The park will feature pavilion spaces, splash pads, playgrounds, and practice fields — all while having walking trails and trees.

"That’s really what we wanted to make sure that community embraced, is that we were going to have a wonderful recreation space and we are going to have a lot of beautiful land," Treadwell said. 

"Those folks in that area who have been without any type of recreation or park in the Bellevue or Green Meadows area will now have a beautiful park," Tillman said. 

For Alfreda — the park will serve as a home to anyone who wants to get out and get a breath of fresh air. 

"This is a melting pot place where everybody can come and enjoy themselves," Lockett said. 

County commissioners have plans to bid out the project in the new few months — they’re hoping to have the park completed by the fall of this year.